Paris Honors Algerian Hero
Never at a loss for finding new heros after whom to name a street or a square, the mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë has now honored the champion of Algerian resistance Emir Abd El-Kader. France-Echos reports, citing Jeuxvideo as their source:
Emir Abd El-Kader, hero of the Algerian struggle against French colonization, now has his own square in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, not far from the Arab World Institute and the Great Mosque.
In the presence of one of the great-grand-sons of this great warrior who led the war against the French and organized an Arab State founded on Islam, the mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoë praised "a magnificent person" through whom the French capital wishes to "render homage to the Algerian people".
Algeria's national hero, Abd El-Kader led the war against French troops in the 19th century before taking refuge in Morocco. After surrendering to the French in 1847, he was held prisoner until Napoleon III released him in 1852. He spent the second part of his life in the Near East.
The new Abd El-Kader Square, situated at the juncture of Poliveau, Fossés Saint-Marcel, and Saint-Hilaire Streets, will allow us to inscribe the name of this "Algerian nationalist (...) in the eternity of Paris", stressed the mayor...
The decision to name a square in Paris after Emir Abd El-Kader was made by the Paris City Council on May 16th. Paris already has two squares bearing the names of other North African leaders: Place Mohammed V, the former King of Morocco, inaugurated in 2002, and Esplanade Habib Bourguiba, leader of Tunisian independence, inaugurated in 2004.
The image of Abd El-Kader is from Herodote.